Anti-gay and lesbian groups accost EA over homosexual content in Mass Effect 3
According to GamesIndustry, EA has been drowning under a tide of 'several thousand' letters and emails protesting the fact that BioWare has included same-sex / LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) content in its games. To its credit, EA has absolutely no plans to censor any of its titles.
"Every one of EA's games includes ESRB content descriptors so it's hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content," Jeff Brown, EA's VP of Corporate Communications told GamesIndustry. "This isn't about protecting children, it's about political harassment."
Apparently, the letters, sent to everyone at the company from EA's executive team to its creative heads to its board of directors, include threats to boycott EA's titles if it doesn't remove same-sex content, and accuse EA of pandering to LGBT groups, claiming that this content is 'forced' upon children. (Uh huh. If a child's playing an M-rated game, I'd like a word with their parents, thanks.)
Furthermore, several of the letters complain that the authors' comments are being deleted on the forum, as well, and many of them label the mere presence of homosexuality in the games as outright threatening to them. The leading lobby groups behind this latest bout of hateful protestation are the Florida Family Association as well as the Family Research Council.
"EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games. However, we have met with such groups and sponsored industry forums to discuss content and harassment of players in online forums. In short, we do put options for same-sex relationships in our games; we don't tolerate hate speech on our forums," said Brown.
"Trying to rally Americans around messages rooted in hate is a losing proposition," said Matt Kane, GLAAD's (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Associate Director of Entertainment Media.
I say good on BioWare for including the content, and good on EA for standing beside them; sexual orientation harms no one, this kind of hateful venom, on the other hand, does.
A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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